Wolverhampton Wanderers players celebrate after Willy Boly, 2nd right, scored the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Man City pays price for EPL's lack of VAR in draw at Wolves

August 25, 2018 - 8:56 am

WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — The Premier League's delay in introducing VAR came under the spotlight Saturday when Manchester City dropped early points in its title defense in a 1-1 draw at newcomer Wolverhampton.

Television replays showed Willy Boly used his arm to put Wolves in front but they couldn't be viewed to rule out the goal because the English top flight is the last major European league without video assistant referees.

Before Wolves was promoted in May, Premier League clubs agreed to hold off from adopting VAR, which made its World Cup debut in Russia.

Aymeric Laporte did rescue a point for City with a header from Ilkay Guendogan's free kick in the 69th minute, leaving Pep Guardiola's side with seven points from a possible nine. With two points, Wolves is yet to win since returning to the Premier League after a six-year absence.


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